America's Highest Civilian Award
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In a surprise event, President Barack Obnama has just awarded Vice President Biden the Presidential Medal of Freedom, with Distinction. It is America's highest civilian award. The honor, "with Distinction" has only been added for three other people, Pope John Paul II, Ronald Reagan, and Colin Powell.
In a stirring an beautiful ceremony, the president lauded the vice president, whom he called "my brother" several times. “The best vice president America’s ever had, Mr. Joe Biden.”
"This also gives the internet one last chance to joke about our bromance," POTUS says at tribute to Joe Biden (who punches him playfully) pic.twitter.com/yML2uKXmmM— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) January 12, 2017
"I had no inkling," Biden said after receiving the award. "I get a lot of credit I don't deserve," he added, pointing to people in his life upon whom he says he has leaned.
"The best part is he's nowhere near finished," POTUS says of Biden's future plans after inauguration. pic.twitter.com/2lAF9Sg3of— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) January 12, 2017
President Obama gives his final Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor, to Vice President Biden pic.twitter.com/nPuCudzjst— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) January 12, 2017
WATCH: President Obama awards Presidential Medal of Freedom with Distinction to his "brother," VP Joe Biden pic.twitter.com/v1rW0gkU0K— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) January 12, 2017
"I was part of a journey of a remakable man who did remarkable things for this country," Biden told the president. "I don't deserve this, but I know it came from the President's heart," Biden said.
In remarks after receiving Medal of Freedom, Biden praises Pres. Obama's integrity. pic.twitter.com/tjzIDhVmNb— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) January 12, 2017
Biden on POTUS legacy: "I hope that the asterisk...attached to my name that I can say I was part of the journey of a remarkable man" pic.twitter.com/DNx4n3wMmz— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) January 12, 2017
"I don't deserve this," VP Biden says of Presidential Medal of Freedom. "But I know it came from the President's heart." pic.twitter.com/srTLWJpITt— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) January 12, 2017
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